Monthly Archives: April 2014

Deadline Day is Approaching Fast

Greetings J445 Job Hunters.  We’re 25 DAYS to graduation! And, 4+ days until your Online Portfolio, video Elevator Pitch and Cover Letters are due.

Amazing how time is flying by!

In Monday’s class we’ll be highlighting your work on the big screen. We’re definitely going to watch the video elevator pitches. If time allows, we’ll dive into your portfolio work samples too.

I have office hours tomorrow from 9:30 – 11 a.m. if you need assistance. This is your last chance before the assignments are due to get my help.

Some articles that may be helpful:

LinkedIn note: while you’re polishing your work for the online portfolio, don’t forget to place your best pieces inside your LinkedIn profile. And, be sure to update the website link in your contact area. You want to make it as easy as possible for potential employers to view your skill sets.

I look forward to seeing your online sites in the next few days.

Best,
@DebraJChico

How to stand out from the job-hunting crowd

Happy Wednesday J445 Job Hunters. Standing out in positive ways from your competitors is the focus of our next class session.

Our guest speaker is Kristina Richmann who graduated from our program in 2011. Kristina is now a senior account executive with Vantage PR. She specializes in public relations and social media marketing. Her clients have been featured in top technology and mainstream publications, including ABC News, FOXBusiness, The Wall Street Journal, Ars Technica, GigaOM, Lifehacker, Engadget and more.

During her 8 a.m. chat she’ll identify specific things you can do during the job hunt to separate yourself from the competition. We’ll also have time for questions you have about the job-hunt process.

At 9 a.m. she’ll be in TGC discussing crisis PR and working with journalists to secure media coverage. Everyone is welcome to attend this session if you’re interested.

Be sure to check out the course Guest Speaker Policy if you have not already done so.

Also, your big project — portfolio, video elevator pitch and cover letter — is due in 19 days. Are you making solid progress on it? If not, come see me next week during office hours for whatever assistance you need.

Best,

DebraJChico

 

The Ins & Outs of Interviewing

Greetings J445 Job Hunters. I hope you’re enjoying the short week.

We have a guest speaker in Monday’s class. Danielle Salvato-Earl is an account manager at Kulesa Faul PR in the Bay Area. She’s also an alumna of our program.

Danielle is going to discuss interviewing — how to do it well, pitfalls to avoid, preparation and how to follow up with a potential employer after an interview.

Be sure to pull together a list of questions you want to toss her way. And, check out this article from Fast Company, “How to Nail Your Next Phone Interview.”

Be sure to review the class Guest Speaker Policy as well.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

@DebraJChico

We’re 48 Days from Graduation. Is time flying or dragging?

Happy April J455 job hunters. With only 48 days to go I can’t seem to decide if time is flying by or starting to drag its feet. Tell me how you’re feeling about the speed with which we’re headed to graduation May 18:

We’ve got a jam-packed month ahead of us. Here’s what’s on tap:

April 7: Guest Speaker Danielle Salvato-Earl
Danielle is an account manager at Kulesa Faul PR in the Bay Area. She’s going to discuss in the ins and outs of interviewing.

April 7 is also the start of Mandatory Advising Week and open applications for Tehama Group Communications’ fall team.

April 14: Guest Speaker Kristina Richmann
Kristina is a senior account executive at Vantage PR where she works with technology clients focusing on mobile, advertising, interactive TV, music, connected car, smart grid and telecom sectors. She’ll be sharing how to stand out in positive ways during the job hunt process.

April 16: Crocker & Crocker Summer Internship Info Session (see last week’s email).

April 18: San Francisco site visit trip.

April 21: SETs & Walt & Co.
8 – 8:50 a.m.: Student evaluations of teachers and Q&A for the portfolio assignment.

9-9:50 a.m. Guest Speaker Ian Twamley from Walt & Co. will be discussing what to expect in your first six to nine months on the job.

10 – Noon: Ian will be conducting first round interviews for Walt & Co.’s paid summer internship program. See my post on the department’s Facebook page for more info. Resume should be submitted to Walt & Co. before the end of this week to be considered for internship spot.

April 28: Portfolio Deadline
The big assignment is due: online portfolio, cover letter and video elevator pitch. We’ll be doing class presentations of your work.

Let’s take a collective deep breath, then dive on in!

Best,
@DebraJChico